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Professor of Literacies and Digital Cultures, Australian Catholic University

Kathy A. Mills is Professor of Literacies and Digital Cultures at Institute of the Learning Sciences and Teacher Education, ACU Brisbane. Professor Mills recently won a Future Fellowship to research sensory orchestration in the multimodal literacy learning of primary school students. She has published over 90 works in total, including 5 sole-authored books, an award-winning edited volume with USA editors, and more than 60 scholarly journal articles and chapters. She has published first-authored or sole-authored research in journals that include Review of Educational Research, Written Communication, the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Language and Education, and Linguistics and Education. Her 2016 book, Literacy Theories for the Digital Age won the LRA Edward Fry Book Award, USA. Professor Mills is an Associate Editor of the Australian Educational Researcher. She leads two Australian Research Council grants, researching Indigenous ways of knowing and being in multimodal literacy practices in schools, and developing the multimodal expression of emotions of socially and economically disadvantaged primary students. She serves on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Literacy Research (Arizona), and on the Review Board of the Reading Teacher (New Jersey), English Teaching Practice and Critique (New Zealand), and the Australian Journal of Language and Literacy. She has served in a number of executive research leadership roles for the American Educational Research Association, and is the current Chair of the American Educational Research Association Writing and Literacies SIG, of six hundred members (2015-2016). Kathy is also a former primary school teacher and Head of Curriculum.


  • 2016–present
    Professor of Research, Australian Catholic University
  • 2015–2016
    Associate Professor, Queensland University of Technology
  • 2012–2015
    Senior Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology
  • 2011–2012
    Lecturer , Queensland University of Technology
  • 2009–2011
    Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Australian Research Council/Queensland University of Technology
  • 2000–2009
    Sessional Lecturer, Christian Heritage College
  • 2003–2006
    PhD Scholarship , Queensland University of Technology
  • 1999–2001
    Primary School Teacher =, Genesis Christian College
  • 1995–1998
    Primary School Teacher, Nambour Christian College